tech-free tourism
n. Travelling without a mobile phone or similar devices, particularly to places that block or cannot access internet and cellular signals.
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We're adding one more travel trend to our 2014 list — tech-free tourism. If you're addicted to your gadgets and social media, going cold turkey has never been scarier. So here are our top travel destinations — with device-free policies and/or sans wifi (the horror!) — that’ll help you quash that FOMO.
—Shairah Thoufeekh, “Travel Trend: Tech-Free Tourism,” The Honeycombers, April 01, 2014
Journalist seeks comment on tech-free tourism
—SourceBottle, “Journalist seeks…,” Twitter, August 18, 2013
Tech-free tourist destinations are gaining popularity among business travellers looking for a true detox from the digital world. …

Islands are the obvious choice for tech-free tourism. Queensland's luxury Lizard Island is also proud of their no mobile phone coverage status on their 24 private beaches.
—Rachael Oakes-Ash, “Digital detox: the rise of tech-free tourism,” The Sydney Morning Herald, March 11, 2013
2012 (earliest)
Dave Decker has a summer vacation idea: Take your cellphone and notebook computer, put them in an egg basket and just walk away.

Decker is executive director of the Tri-State Tourism Council, which covers southwest Wisconsin and parts of Iowa and Illinois. He's urged tourism businesses to promote technology-free getaways — in part because it's sometimes hard to get a wireless connection in their neck of the woods.
—Rick Barrett, “Southwest Wisconsin cellphone gaps pitched as tech-free tourism,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 14, 2012
No-tech tourism is a form of temporal eco-tourism in which one reads books or watches film and TV precisely because of the absence of 21st-century technologies.
—Douglas Coupland, “I'm with Smupid!,” The Financial Times, September 06, 2013